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Dec. 29th, 2005

I think I have to abandon my goal of getting to 30 books by the end of the year. Too many responsibilities, such as trying to learn my lines for The Unexpected Guest and setting up a new web and mail server, have been eating up my time. Plus holiday parties to attend, four sets of cats (seven total) to care for, breakup drama to suffer through, my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped.

On a Pale Horse was number 27. I suppose I could always count lillibet's adaptations of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and of Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest as books, but that seems contrary to the spirit of this 50-book challenge. (Of course, I would count reading a play simply for the sake of reading a play the same as reading a book, so I suppose there is some hypocrisy there, and I have had to read through these two plays repeatedly and memorize large chunks of them.) I am currently in the middle of both C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves and Piers Anthony's Letters to Jenny. If I counted the plays, finishing just one of these would get me to 30. If I don't count the plays, then I'd have to finish these two books and read one of the quick reads I've got on standby, either Lloyd Alexander's The Black Cauldron or Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone. I hardly think it's worth it to push for this goal of 30, though.

Don't you just love made-up crises. Then again, most crises are made up, as life is just one big game and so little of what we stress about daily is of any real consequence in the big picture. (To get even more philosophical, while little we do is worth stressing about, almost everything we do matters. This is not a contradiction; it's part of the fun of the game!)

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mdm_sosostris
Dec. 30th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
A Fflam is vigilant!
You can't start with the Black Cauldron, dude. It's the second in the series. You'll miss stuff. Start with the Book of Three.
spwebdesign
Dec. 30th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
A Fflam's string needs replacing
I refer you to item 25 on this post.
mdm_sosostris
Dec. 30th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
A Fflam fucked up.
D'oh! As you were, then. Carry on.

(Good, ennit?)
spwebdesign
Dec. 30th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: A Fflam fucked up.
Eh, I wasn't thrilled. It seemed a tad simple. Yes, I know, children's book and all that. But I don't feel that way about other children's books I've read, such as the Narnia books, The Hobbit, or even the first Harry Potter book (which wasn't bad but wasn't good enough to convince me to read any further in the series).
elgatocurioso
Dec. 31st, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
My book count for the year is way up there. I just received "Anansi Boys" for xmas, so I reread "American Gods" from the 28 to today, and read "Anansi Boys" today, getting an end of the year boost.

I'll post a list of my year's reading sometime next week (Lady K is monopolizing the laptop my journal is on as she scrambles to meet medical school application deadlines).

I also received "Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince". I'm going to reread the harry potter books as well since I haven't reread any of them since they first came out Way Back In The Day. I also read so fast it's the only way to truly savor new books.
spwebdesign
Dec. 31st, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm at the opposite end of reading speed. I did finally finish The Four Loves a few minutes ago, but I know I will not be able to finish the book and a half required to get to 30 by the end of tomorrow.

I keep reading that Anansi Boys is *not* a sequel to American Gods. Am I wrong?
elgatocurioso
Dec. 31st, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
It's not a sequel as such... but it definitely takes place in the same world as "American Gods", and focuses on one of the minor characters from it.
spwebdesign
Dec. 31st, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have considered Anansi a minor character.
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